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Benihana - Carlsbad

4.0
1053 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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Welcome to Benihana and a dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of Teppanyaki. Watch as we slice and dice, preparing a meal that will dazzle your eyes as well taste buds, whether you choose mouth-watering steak, tender chicken or succulent seafood. You can also enjoy sushi prepared by a talented sushi chef and indulge in a specialty cocktail. Located just off Interstate 5 at Poinsettia Lane and minutes from beautiful sun-drenched beaches, Benihana in Carlsbad offers four separate areas in which to enjoy a meal. Choose from the hibachi grill dining room, the comfortable cocktail lounge, the spacious sushi bar with a private alcove and seating for eight, or the outdoor patio for cocktails and appetizers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Phone number
(760) 929-8311
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What 1053 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.2
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
value
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viplloydk (San Diego)
4.0
Dined a day ago

Scallops were gritty

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AniW (Los Angeles)
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

I'm not sure if Benihana in general has gone downhill or maybe just this location. I have always enjoyed my experiences at this restaurant before but left this last time feeling underwhelmed. First, the service was great. No issues there. Our Chef was funny and friendly. He was great, although my steak was over cooked, but really it wasn't that big of a deal. Here are the things I had an issue with: 1. The smell. Maybe they were having problems in the kitchen or something but there was an overwhelming mildew-y smell coming from the doorway. 2. My drink. I ordered a specialty cocktail and it was soooo watered down I almost doubt there was alcohol in it at all. 3. I got splashed by sauce from the chef behind us. It was in my hair and all over my shirt. At first I thought a vent was leaking but then I smelled it and realized what had happened. Probably a byproduct of squeezing tables in close and people rushing around.

All in all, not enough to complain to anyone about but enough that I probably won't be back to this location.

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IpiJim 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Our cook Nick was excellent! More of a show than dinner. My wife thoroughly eenjoyed her birthday

https://youtu.be/LeOD2Y7GK2I

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

It was a great fun night. The food was great. And our server was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

It had been a few years, about 5 or 6 since we had dinner here. And once it came time for our reservation I remembered why. Our reservation was for 7:45 pm and we did not get seated down until 8:15 pm. It took another 15 min until somebody came and took a drink order. The restaurant was under staffed. The service after that was ok. The hibachi cook was entertaining and very good with the food. The food was good but not recommended to take your new date there. They use a lot of garlic butter so you will smell like coming out of there and the taste of garlic will be with you long after you brush and rinse and rinse and rinse. I would say if you are not hungry, in a hurry and with your family, it is a good show for preteens and above.

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cilla (San Diego)
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

It is not what it use to be! It is almost like a Hometown Buffet atmosphere. The food is soso and overpriced. The service was poor. I don't remember the lighting being so bright - like a hospital!
It use to be my favorite place to go with the kids.......

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

The waitress was fantastic, but the chef was slow slow and then slower, took forever to cook our food. Food wasn’t seasoned well, and he seemed confused about how to cook it.

Not really any show, the tricks he did try he messed up. Couldn’t even do Volcano. Would eat here again since I love Benihana, but only if I was quarantied a different chef.

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GrandmaAV 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The meat melts in your mouth, the seafood is sweet and succulent. The fried rice was great and so were the fresh veggies. Maybe make the shrimp portions a little bigger for kids meals? The chef is fun and friendly. But , it’s expensive and can be so noisy you can miss some of the jokes! Overall, our whole family had a great time and were satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

We went for my daughter’s 10th birthday and also had two loud young ones. The overall noise level made this ok. Otherwise I’m sure we would have disturbed a lot of people. They sang to my daughter and she received ice cream with a candle which was very nice. The food was great and we would definitely go again. My only complaint would be that the kids meals do not have free refills on drinks and the veggies that come with the meals are mainly onions. I liked the onions but it would have been nice to have a little more zucchini or a 3rd veggie for the price.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

All around Excellence! !

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Cross street
Poinsettia
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(760) 929-8311
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Parking details
Free parking for Benihana guests
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Private party facilities
Ask about Private Event Dining.

Book your next event in our private dining room. Perfect for private parties, corporate meetings, birthday celebrations. Subject to availability; please call for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine